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Looking back: Argus competition winners were on the ball
In 1998 the competition would run weekly on page 20.
Great-grandparents Harry and Ivy Lawson won the £1,000 prize on January 14 – more than 30 years after first entering.
The couple, of Ravenswood Drive in Woodingdean, had not missed a competition in its three decades.
Mr Ravenswood, 67, said “We’ve won odd tenners on the lottery, but they don’t really count and I just packed in the football pools after years last week because we never win on it.
“But they say good things come in threes, we’ll keep on entering Cross the Ball, and who knows – it could be the lottery jackpot next.”
In March another Cross the Ball winner, Joyce Lower, was ironing when she was told she won.
Mrs Lower, 76, of Portslade said: “When the phone rang I nearly jumped out of my skin.
“I would have danced around the room but the arthritis stopped me.
“I’ve been playing the game for 20 years and I’ve won £200 and £250 before.
This win was a total surprise.
“I managed to finish the ironing, though.”
Mrs Lower had seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren at the time of her win.
“She continued: “I’d like to treat my family with my winnings.
“I haven’t told them about it yet – they’ll probably read about it in The Argus first.”
A father and son’s poignant Cross the Ball win was clouded with sadness in March 1998.
For years Martin Parsons and his dad, Gordon, entered The Argus competition together never winning.
Sadly Gordon, 91, died just hours before his son was informed they had won the top prize.
Martin, from Nevill Avenue in Hove, said: “The call that we had won came as a bolt from the blue. It is a very pleasant surprise, but it is tinged with sadness.
“My father would have loved it. He so much wanted to win, but he never did.
“I always marked the crosses and we shared the entry fee and always said we would share the prize.”
Gordon, a retired sales executive, also from Nevill Avenue, was suffering from pneumonia after a fall and died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
Keith and Janet King were twice as lucky as other winners. They won the competition for a second time in October 1998 after winning previously in April.
The couple, of Edith Avenue in Peacehaven, said they would use the money to visit their son, who had moved to Scotland two years before.
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